شنبه ۲۰ آذر ۱۳۹۵ تهران ۱۰:۲۹ - ۱۰ دسامبر ۲۰۱۶
Khatami cabinet’s legal committee drafted a new bill on citizens' rights, but Tehrani lawyer Mohammad-Hossein Aghasi says 95 percent of it is copied from existing laws, such as the Islamic Penal Code. A new bill drafted by the Khatami cabinet’s legal committee contains detail descriptions of the rights spelled out in the Islamic Republic constitution and other laws, according to the bill’s supporters among the reformist authorities.
The bill establishes a new government entity for defense of citizens’ rights, and calls for limiting capital punishment only to harshest crimes. The bill bans any research with the goal of genetically improving human race, bans cloning humans, human smuggling, all forms of torture. The bill protects the privacy of all citizens and calls for all correspondence among citizens to be free of government scrutiny. Other provisions include banning forced marriages and providing social security coverage for families headed by women.
There is absolutely nothing new in this bill, Tehran-based lawyer Mohammad-Hossein Aghasi tells Radio Farda's broadcaster Mahmonir Rahimi. Ninety-five percent of all its provisions are copied from existing laws, such as the Islamic Penal Code, which has been in effect for many years.
The reason for drafting this bill could be to remind ignorant judges of the citizens’ rights and to assist lawyers in pressing for those rights, he adds. Since nearly everything in this bill is a repeat of already existing laws, the only reason it maybe rejected by the Majles and Guardians Council is that it is redundant.